Our 2020 Annual Report provides highlights on major accomplishments and efforts Project Eagle made during what was an especially challenging year.
2019-2020 Early Head Start Services
During the 2019-2020 program year, Project Eagle Early Head Start served 327 families, which included 416 children and fifty-two pregnant women. According to the program’s 2019-2020 Community Assessment, there are approximately 2,488 children in Wyandotte County who would be eligible for Early Head Start services. Project Eagle’s average monthly enrollment for 2019-2020 was 98.2%.
- 327 Total Families Served
- 159 Two-Parent Families
- 168 Single-Parent Families
- 416 Total Children Served
- 52 Pregnant Women Served
77.4: Percentage of Children Up to Date on Immunizations
73.5: Percentage of Children Up to Date with Dental Screenings
47.4* Percentage of Children Up to Date with EPSDT Visits
* EPSDT percentage is based on the medical provider’s determination, as verified by the medical record. Parent-reported compliance with the recommended schedule is higher. Barriers for Project Eagle families in this area include the COVID-19 Pandemic, difficulties in obtaining lead testing (a component of the 12- and 24-month visits), and cost and timeliness in acquiring medical records.
Ethnicity and Race
Hispanic or Latino Origin 61%
Non-Hispanic or Latino 39%
Black or African American 19%
Biracial / Multiracial 5%
Primary Language Spoken
African Language(s) 2%
Middle Eastern / South Asian Language(s) 2%
East Asian Language(s) 2%
On March 16, 2020, Project Eagle closed our offices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. That week, with many unknowns and increasing uncertainty around what the future would hold, we began planning how we could continue to provide services and supports to pregnant women, young children, and their families.
- 72% of families enrolled at Educare Kansas City reported being unemployed/laid off
- 61% of those who were still employed reported a decrease in work hours
We began by pivoting quickly to provide remote services to families through virtual home visits, video lessons, phone calls, and communication through various learning apps. As an organization that provides all face-to-face services, this was a major change to our service delivery model. Our staff went above and beyond to make a smooth transition.
We also needed to learn about the needs of families and how we could best assist them during this unsettling time. Through casual conversation and formal surveys during April, many families reported losing employment or having their work hours decreased, and therefore, needed basic supplies like food, diapers, wipes, cleaning supplies, and formula.
Throughout the spring and summer, we continued to work with children and families remotely by providing daily/weekly communication, child learning activities, and videos of teachers and home visitors, reading stories and sharing lessons. We also offered virtual family engagement activities and continued to assist families in accessing needed community resources.
We were able to provide multiple drive-thru distributions for families during June, July, and September. Families received diapers, wipes, books, children’s outdoor play items and activities, hygiene products, and gift cards. Food, diapers, wipes, cleaning supplies, and formula were reported as the most immediate needs.
For families unable to attend distributions, Project Eagle staff delivered items to families’ homes. Project Eagle staff collaborated with community partners to refer families for additional supports like rental assistance, Pandemic EBT services, community food distribution sites, and mental health services. We even held a drive-thru graduation for families graduating from our home and center-based programs!
Items Distributed to Families for COVID-19 Response
Diapers, wipes, books, and summer family engagement materials were distributed to approximately 290 families
Diapers, wipes, books, and $50 Wal-Mart gift cards were distributed to approximately 280 families
Diapers, books, and $100 Wal-Mart gift cards were distributed to approximately 245 families
"The Home Visiting program allows me to work with my child and be more engaged. "- Parent Survey Feedback
Project Eagle Staff
Knowing that many of our staff were experiencing their own struggles with the pandemic, we increased the amount of group and individual reflective supervision sessions we completed with staff.
Throughout the pandemic, we also took the opportunity to provide additional professional development to staff on a variety of topics, including:
- Head Start Performance Standards
- Project Eagle Policies and Procedures
- Mental Health and Self-Care
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
During the spring and summer, we offered:
20 lunch and learn sessions for all staff members offering an in-depth look at Head Start Performance Standards.
Weekly coffee hours to offer team support and build Project Eagle staff connections
Five all-staff online webinar opportunities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Town Hall meetings to discuss plans for reopening center-based programming
We extend our appreciation to those who make our work possible:
- Bonnie Rudzinski
- Buffett Early Childhood Fund
- Children’s Campus of Kansas City
- DHHS/Administration for Children and Families/Office of Head Start
- Durwood Foundation
- Foster Grandparents of Wyandotte County/KCK
- Hands to Hearts Bookmobile
- Juniper Gardens Children’s Project
- Kansas Department for Children and Families
- Kansas State Department of Education
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment
- Kauffman Foundation
- KC Healthy Kids
- REACH Healthcare Foundation
- Sesame Street in Communities
- Start Early
- The Family Conservancy
- United Way of Greater Kansas City
- University of Kansas Medical Center
- Wyandotte Health Foundation
"This information was so helpful in furthering my understanding of how we function as a whole program. As a new supervisor, I need to be knowledgeable about this and be able to articulate it to new/existing staff. Thank you so much for hosting these - I loved today’s session and look forward to more! "- Project Eagle Staff